The Icelandic star will play to just 100 people in Manhattan next week...

BJORK has announced she will premiere songs from her new album ‘VESPERTINE’ at a secret concert in NEW YORK next Tuesday (May 22).

According to the official Bjork website,, the show will take place in a “a small venue somewhere on Manhattan”. Bjork will perform a 45-minute set, during which she will premiere material from forthcoming album ‘Vespertine’ , which is due for release in August.

Tickets for the show are limited to 100, and details on how to purchase tickets will be announced in the coming days.

Bjork originally intended to release ‘Vespertine’ in May this year. At the time, it was rumoured that the Icelandic star would perform a series of these secret shows across the world, including a date in London. Details of any further live shows are yet to be announced.

Bjork has already recorded videos for three songs from ‘Vespertine’ – ‘Hidden Place’, ‘Cocoon’ and ‘It’s Not Up To You’. It is anticipated ‘Hidden Place’ will be the first single to be taken from the record.

Speaking previously about the album, Bjork described it as the “opposite” of her last full studio album ‘Homogenic’.

She said: “‘Homogenic’ for me was very emotionally confrontational and very dramatic, both in the melodic sense of the strings and the distorted beats; a lot of steroids in the air. ‘Vespertine’ is sort of the opposite – very introverted, very quiet and peaceful, and at peace with one’s self.

“This record is very much about inventing your own paradise, but underneath your kitchen table, so it’s very secretive. It’s sort of about being on your own in your house with your laptop and whispering for a year and just writing a very peaceful song that tiptoes.”